INDIANAPOLIS – Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green spoke with the assembled media at the NFL combine.
He measured in at 6-3 1/2 and 211 pounds.
Here’s how his session went:
Q: Talk about your decision to leave school early for the NFL.
A: There is a small window of opportunity and you have to capitalize on it. I’m very close to getting my degree,
I just made the best choice for me and my family.
Q: You had some injuries throughout your career, are you worried about your durability?
A: No sir, I only had a grade-three separation in my shoulder and there was nothing else I had to deal with. Nothing serious.
Q: How did playing at Georgia help prepare you for the NFL?
A: Running a pro-style offense, had a chance to work with (Matthews) Stafford. He taught me a lot of stuff and just
helped me take my game to the next level.
Q: What are you trying to improve on?
A: Getting your craft right, running routes, studying your opponents a little more, things like that.
Q: You and Julio Jones have been linked for a long time, is there a competition there?
A: We’re working out at the same place in Phoenix. We’re friends, we work out together, he’s a great guy.
Q: What are you working on to show NFL teams?
A: Being a student of the game, route running and my public relations sometimes.
Q: What are your strengths for the pro game?
A: My work ethic, I’m not going to settle for being an average receiver. I take that to the heart to be one of the best.
I want to be the #1 receiver out of school and be mentioned with the best.
Q: Looking back, asses your team’s season last year at Georgia.
A: We had our ups and downs, the one thing was we were resilient, you can go back and put on the practice tape. Working hard, no matter the situation.
Q: Do NFL teams ask about the violations and what about character concerns?
A: Definitely, you can talk to anyone I’ve been around – I definitely don’t have character concerns, it was just bad judgment on my part.
Q: Have any former Georgia players helped you with this process?
A: I had Stafford, “Mo” (Mohamed Massaquoi) – he’s my mentor since I stepped foot onto Georgia’s campus and I turn to him for advice. Mike Moore with the Lions. I’ve got a lot of guys I can turn to.
Q: How has playing in the SEC helped your preparations for the NFL?
A: Week in and week out was a grind, no easy games in the SEC. I feel like it helped me prepare for the next level, competing every week.
Q: Toughest match up you’ve faced?
A: There have been a couple. The two Colorado corners, Jimmy Smith and the other guy (Jalil Brown) were pretty good, Patrick (Peterson), you know, and Janoris Jenkins, some of the best.
Q: Are you running here?
A: I am running here
Q: What do you want to run?
A: I don’t know, you’ll have to see when I run it.
Q: Do you talk to Massaquoi for advice and would you like to play with him again?
A: When I’m talking to Mo, we don’t really talk football, he doesn’t like to talk football unless I ask him a question or something. But it’d be nice to play with him. My freshman year he took me under his wing and showed me the ropes so it’d be nice.
Q: What are you looking forward to most playing in the NFL?
A: Getting the lockout out of the way and getting a playbook.
Q: Do you and Julio (Jones) have a good natured competition to see who goes first?
A: No, like I said, me and Julio are just alike, we don’t get caught up in the hype and we’re just two guys trying to be the best. I think I’m the best, I’m going to do what I can to be the #1 receiver and I feel like Julio’s going to do his best – we’re not going to be mad if I’m not the top receiver drafted, it’s not going to mess with our friendship. Whatever happens, happens.
Q: Does it mean a lot to be the first receiver taken?
A: It doesn’t matter. I don’t worry about any of that. I’m going to do my part to try and be the best.
Q: What preparations are you taking for the NFL?
A: At the next level, everyone is great. Have to take it a little more seriously, you have to watch your opponent even more.
Q: How do you feel about returning kicks in the NFL?
A: Whatever it takes, I’m one of those guys where it doesn’t matter where they put me, I’m going to try and do my best.
Q: In the top-5, top-10, are you looking at any teams?
A: It’s not my job to look at any teams, they’ll evaluate me and I’ll see what I can do.
Q: Wide receivers are hit or miss – what can you do to show you aren’t a miss?
A: Turn on the practice film and the way I prepare week in and week out, just the way I approach practice just like a game.
Q: How much pride do you take in being the state of South Carolina’s all-time leading prep receiver?
A: I didn’t know that, so it’s an honor.
Q: Do you try and pattern your game after any NFL receivers?
A: Talked with Larry (Fitzgerald) a couple times, Andre Johnson. With Larry’s work ethic, I want to be great like him.
Q: Were you humbled by missing the first four games last season because of suspension?
A: Yeah, definitely. Growing up I didn’t have any adversity like that, that really humbled me and tightened my circle down to the people I need to be around and people who I need to distance myself from.
Q: How big are your hands?
A: They measured them, but I don’t remember.
Q: Who is your agent?
A: Ben Dogra and Tom Condon, CAA.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog